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Astronomical, Atmospheric, and Wavefront Studies with a Submillimeter-wavelength Interferometer

  • Eugene Serabyn

Abstract

Over the course of the last half century, astrophysical investigations have expanded into ever wider sections of the electromagnetic spectrum. One of the most difficult wavebands to access, both for atmospheric and technological reasons, is the submillimeter band, between wavelengths of roughly 1 mm and 100 fim. Home to a large set of molecular rotational transitions [1,2], these wavelengths mark the boundary between radio and infrared waves, and in terms of the atmosphere, coincide with the transition between the high-transparency radio ‘windows’ and the opaque far-infrared sky (Fig. 55.1).

Keywords

Brightness Temperature Rotational Transition Atmospheric Transmission Fourier Transform Spectrometer Water Vapor Column 
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